And We’re Off!

Well, our first post wasn’t supposed to be about a roadtrip. It was supposed to be about organic composting or something trendy like that. But, well, you have to start somewhere, right?

The point of this blog is to talk about small ways our family chooses sustainibility (definition= able to be maintained). Some of that will be reflected in the traditional ways we think of sustainibility, like gardening, energy conservation, etc. But our family really latched onto the term when we started thinking of its impact in other areas of our lives. Like our schedule. We can maintain an insanely busy calendar for a short while, but we all know the ill-effects that can have long term. That pattern just isn’t sustainable. Or take parenting, for example. We can get lazy in our expectations for our kids and in our discipline (like when we are on vacation!), but eventually the constant tantrums leave us resolving to set limits, be more consistent, etc.

So Alex and I have often found ourselves asking the question, is this sustainable for our family? This is a place where we would love to start conversations about our ideas, share cool products we’ve discovered, and just share our journey with you. We are not pretending to be experts. We are just looking to learn and grow and converse.

But what does all of this have to do with a road trip? Well, this morning, at 7:41 am, our family of 5 left our Pennsylvania home and began our 3 day cross country drive to the great state of Texas. Yes, it’s a lot of work to road trip with 3 kids under the age of 5. We have already had multiple rounds of “are we there yet?”. Ugh. And no, we did not choose to take a road trip over flying just because it’s better for the environment. I’m not that good. But it certainly is a sustainable choice for our family’s budget. And it forces me to lean into my parenting role in very intentional ways. Close quarters, traffic jams, and toddlers crying for ANOTHER pee break have a way of bringing out the very best in all parents, no?

We will try to post updates for those of you following along at home. So far, our girls are being entertained by new photo albums and leap frog books. Asher is making a mess with squeezy pouch baby food in the back seat (those things are sheer evil…a rant I’ll save for another time), and everyone is generally happy. Except maybe the squeezy pouch in Asher’s hands…

Happy campers so far!  Notice the homemade lap tray...another post perhaps

Happy campers so far! Notice the homemade lap tray…another post perhaps

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